Company Formation Netherlands

About Netherlands

Netherlands is a north-western European country that borders Germany, North Sea, and Belgium. It is also close to the United Kingdom. Netherlands has a population of more than 18 million people and a GDP of more than $830 billion. This makes it the 17th biggest economy in the world. Netherlands has a GDP per capita of $53,600, making it position 23 in the world. According to the World Bank, Netherlands is position 42 on the ease of doing business.

Why Register a Company in Netherlands?

  1. The Netherlands economy is growing at an annualized rate of 3.2%. This is above the European average of less than 2%.
  2. Highly developed country – Netherlands has some of the best developed infrastructure in the world. 
  3. Home to leading global companies – Some of the biggest Dutch companies are Unilever, Heineken, and Royal Dutch Shell among others.
  4. Strategically located close to major economies in the European Union.
  5. One of the core members of the European Union.
  6. Netherlands is a leading tourist destination in the European Union.

The Process of Registering a Company in Netherlands

The Dutch law allows all citizens above 18 years to register a business in the country. Netherlands also welcomes foreigners to register a company there. However, these foreigners needs to have some documents to register a company in Netherlands. In 2015, the company started offering a residence permit for entrepreneurs who wanted to register their tech companies there. The visa is renewed every year.

  • Select a business type – There are two main types of businesses you can form in Netherlands. The unincorporated business structure is where you and your business are liable for the business. These are: sole traders (eenmanszaak), general partnership (vennootschap onder firma), professional partnership (maatschap), and limited partnership (commanditaire vennootschap). The other form is the incorporated business structure, where you and your private assets are protected. These are:
    • Private limited company (besloten vennootschap)
    • Public limited company (naamlose vennootschap)
    • Cooperatives (cooperatie en onderlinge)
    • Foundation (stichting)
    • Association (vereniging).
  • Register the business at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) (KvK) – Your details will be entered into the Dutch Trade Register
  • Register the business with the local municipality. 
  • Select a business name at the KvK search page. This page is available in Dutch.
  • Register the business at the KvK.

FAQs on Registering a Company in Netherlands

Which documents are required to register a company in Netherlands?

You will need the filled form that you will download at the KvK, EUR 50, valid ID or passport or a driving license, and your business address.

What is the corporate tax in Netherlands?

The corporate tax rate in Netherlands is 25%. There are other taxes you need to know. These are BTW, also known as the VAT. The VAT is 21%. As a company, you will need to add 21% percent on all goods you sell. Other taxes are income taxes, and payroll tax.

How long does it take to register a business in Netherlands?

The process differs depending on the business type. It can range from less than a week to a few months.

Do you need to be present physically?

You can register a company physically. However, you can use a consulting company like GFSC Global to get your business registered in Netherlands. The company will draft your memorandum of association and help you get up and running.

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